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A Year to Remember in Watsonville

1868

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
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Inscription.  The year 1868 saw many important beginnings in downtown Watsonville. It was the year Watsonville was incorporated, the first nursery was established by James Waters and Jacob Blackburn, All Saints Episcopal Church was founded, the first wharf was built at the mouth of the Pájaro River, Martinelli’s was founded by Stephen Gasper Martinelli, and the Register-Pajarionian, Watsonville’s first newspaper and now its oldest business, made its debut.

The Pajaronian first started as a weekly newspaper published every Thursday. The subscription rate was $5 a year – in advance; a single copy would have cost 12 ½ cents. There was a column in the first issue titled “Where We Are” that located Watsonville for the uninitiated as the railroad was not to arrive until 1871.

“The most convenient way of reaching here from San Francisco is to take the cars to San José, from there Conner’s line of stages whirl you along the line of the San José and Gilroy railroad; striking off at the 21 mile house, the road runs over the Coast Range. Arriving at the summit, a beautiful view is obtained of the Pájaro Valley on a clear
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
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day. No finer scenery can be found in the entire state.”
 
Location. 36° 54.575′ N, 121° 45.379′ W. Marker is in Watsonville, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 152) south of West Beach Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 Main Street, Watsonville CA 95076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Gun Was Used (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lettunich Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Porter Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mansion House (about 400 feet away); The City of Watsonville (about 600 feet away); Where Strawberries are Sweeter (about 600 feet away); Judge Julius Lee House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Apple Annual (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watsonville.
 
Also see . . .  History of Watsonville - City of Watsonville. Watsonville's colorful history spans many thousands of years, having first been inhabited by the Costanoans, a hunter and gatherer Indian tribe. Remnants of their tribal campsites have been discovered on the Pajaro Dunes and along many coastal valley streambeds. (Submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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